☕️ Coffee & Covid ☙ Wednesday, September 15, 2021 ☙ CDC Confusion 🦠

This morning’s roundup includes a new court order from New York temporarily halting that state’s Department of Health’s vaccine mandate, Israel’s cases continue to skyrocket to unprecedented levels...

Good morning coffee drinkers! This morning’s roundup includes a new court order from New York temporarily halting that state’s Department of Health’s vaccine mandate, Israel’s cases continue to skyrocket to unprecedented levels, new VAERS data continues to pile up bad vaxx reports, Covid docs plot to generate even MORE Covid fears, a local news station’s Facebook post generates some unexpected results, and a Michigan hospital sees the light.

🗞*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞

🔥 Yesterday, a New York federal court granted a temporary injunction of the Department of Health’s vaccine mandate for 17 health care workers who’d brought the suit. The workers raised a First Amendment challenge to the mandate, arguing that their sincerely held religious beliefs precluded them from taking vaccines that were tested, developed or manufactured using cell lines from aborted fetuses.

Shortly afterwards, New York state court judge Laurence L. Love also issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday barring New York City’s health department from requiring education workers to be vaccinated, on the same grounds.

Roger Gannam, an attorney with Orlando-based firm Liberty Counsel, has published a helpful online guide to asserting religious exemptions AND filing EEOC complaints against private employers who deny them. Link: https://lc.org/exempt.

If you didn’t know — as I didn’t — that aborted fetal cells were used in the testing and development of the currently-available vaccines, then you can supplement or enhance your previous religious exemption request that you’ve submitted, assuming of course that this an issue offensive to your sincerely held religious beliefs. Here’s a link to a source explaining the role of aborted fetal cells used in the vaccines: [You asked, we answered: Do the COVID-19 vaccines contain aborted fetal cells? | Nebraska Medicine Omaha, NE](https://www.nebraskamed.com/COVID/you-asked-we-answered-do-the-covid-19-vaccines-contain-aborted-fetal-cells).

The Nebraska Medicine website explains, “fetal cell lines – cells grown in a laboratory based on aborted fetal cells collected generations ago – were used in testing during research and development of the mRNA vaccines, and during production of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.”

💉 The vaccines are just going GREAT in Israel. The Times of Israel reported yesterday that even though over 80% of the eligible population has been vaccinated, “*Health Ministry chief says coronavirus spread reaching record heights*.”

Now, what about that vaccine herd immunity thing? Could you explain it to me again?

And the country is witnessing RECORD Covid heights: “Health Ministry Director-General Nachman Ash said Tuesday that the current wave of coronavirus infections is surpassing anything seen in previous outbreaks and that he is disappointed that a recent downward trend appeared to be reversing.”

Disappointed is one way of putting it. Where’s all the hype now? I don’t want to be a quibbler or anything, but I was ASSURED by America’s Top Covid Doc and most of the Corporate Media that vaccines would create herd immunity and suppress infections. You, know, lower the cases and hospitalizations and stuff.

So, what exactly is going on in Israel? Just how big of a “record” spike is Israel seeing? The Times reports that “over 10,000 new COVID-19 cases were diagnosed the day before and that the positive test rate was climbing.”

TEN THOUSAND AND CLIMBING. In one day. To give you some idea of how high that is, the population-adjusted cases in Florida are running around 3,500 a day in the latest report. So.

This new, largest spike in cases is Israel’s FOURTH Covid wave. And for some reason, even though vaccine proponents have claimed stridently that, even if they don’t prevent infections, vaccines prevent serious cases. But those seem to be on the rise in Israel, too. The Times reports that “the number of patients on ventilators has climbed in the past ten days from 150 to 190, while the number of those on the more critical ECMO machines rose from 23 to 31.”

To save you from doing the math, that’s about a 20% increase in ventilator use in the past ten days, and a 27% increase in ECMO use in the past ten days.

In ten days.

Israel’s coronavirus czar Salman Zarka said that “the Health Ministry was working on the assumption that it will in the future need to deal with a fifth wave of virus infections.” Israel’s government reports that it’s the tiny fraction of unvaccinated people driving all the serious hospitalizations.

Here’s a weird fact for you. The Israel Times article doesn’t mention the word “vaccine.” Not anywhere in the article. You can Control-F all you want and you won’t find it. The only oblique reference to the drugs is found way down at the very end, in the final sentence, where the Times reported, “On Sunday, several ministers were overheard prior to a cabinet meeting saying that some coronavirus-related restrictions were only aimed at incentivizing vaccination, rather than driving down morbidity.”

Oh really? That’s so weird.

🔥 Apparently Israel’s health ministers aren’t the only ones. According to an article in PJ Media, a leaked Zoom call between doctors and marketing staff at Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center in North Carolina — now gone viral — shows staff plotting to “scare” the public with inflated COVID numbers.

In the video, former chief of medicine Dr. Mary Rudyk says, “I guess my feeling at this point and time is maybe we need to be completely a little bit more scary to the public.” She continues, “I think we have to be more blunt, we have to be more forceful. If you don’t get vaccinated you know you’re gonna die. Let’s just be really blunt to these people,” she said.

Completely more scary — in other words, more FEAR. “If you don’t get vaccinated, you KNOW you’re going to die.” Okay, doc. What about all the mental health disorders you’re creating with these scary fake marketing messages? Do those count?

These are the folks who are in charge of the health system right now. Reassuring, isn’t it? “Experts.”

🔥 At least we have data from Israel. But why don’t we have good data here in the United States, where the “Gold Standard” agency is located? Finally, someone asks that rather obvious question.

An op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal on Monday is headlined, “Covid Confusion at the CDC.” Johns Hopkins professor Dr. Marty Makary points out that “[t]he U.S. spends lavishly on healthcare yet can’t answer basic questions about Covid-19.” He points out that the “Gold Standard” health agency has 21,000 employees and a $15 billion annual budget.

But for some reason we have to get all our reliable data on vaccine efficacy from Israel. For SOME reason.

Makary compares Israel’s study on natural immunity to the CDC’s recently-published study. Israel’s study sampled over 700,000 people and found that natural immunity was 27 times more effective than vaccinated immunity in preventing symptomatic infections. But last month the CDC published its own study, bizarrely included data only from Kentucky and only over a short two-month period, but concluding from that tiny data set that vaccinated immunity is 2.3 times better than natural immunity. The reverse opposite of Israel’s conclusion.

Makary asks the glaringly obvious question: “Was Kentucky the only state that produced the desired result? Why else exclude the same data from the other 49 states?”

Why indeed.

CDC confusion isn’t new. In late July, The New York Times called the CDC’s guidance “a confusing message,“ with David Leonhardt writing that “the C.D.C. has both a polarization problem and a communication problem.” On September 22, the Times published another article headlined, “The C.D.C.’s Continuing Confusion.” For a fun time, use DuckDuckGo and search for “CDC confusion.”

21,000 employees and a $15 billion annual budget. So.

🔥 The Children’s Health Defense Network reported that new CDC data shows that between Dec. 14, 2020 and Sept. 3, 2021, a total of 675,593 adverse events following use of the safe and effective vaccines have been reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), including a total of 14,506 reports of deaths, and 88,171 reports of serious injuries.

The data shows that, of 6,577 U.S. deaths reported as of September 3, 12% occurred within 24 hours of use of the safe and effective vaccines, 18% occurred within 48 hours of vaccination, and 31% occurred in people who experienced an onset of symptoms within 48 hours of being vaccinated.

The VAERS trends appear to show deaths related to cardiac disorders, miscarriages, Bell’s Palsy, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, anaphylaxis, blood clotting disorders, myocarditis and pericarditis.

** I know that VAERS is just a self-reported system. So remind me again, why do we even have it?

🔥 WXYZ-TV Channel 7 in Detroit posted on Facebook late last week asking for folks to comment if they’d lost unvaccinated loved ones to Covid. Forget about how morbid and personal and tone-deaf that question was. They were trying to gin up some good fear to stoke vaccine acceptance. So, it was for a good reason. But they didn’t exactly get the response they were looking for. What followed was not a moving litany of “how I wish they’d just have gotten vaccinated” stories. Instead it created an avalanche of stories of vaccine injuries and deaths. There have been 167,000 comments to the story since September 10.

Oopsies. I don’t think that was exactly what the ABC affiliate was going for. Most of the comments are pretty hair-raising.

Here’s the link so you can check it out for yourself: https://www.facebook.com/wxyzdetroit/photos/a.461583946134/10158207966696135.

I know, I know, you’re going to say “those are just anecdotes and don’t prove anything.” Well, they prove SOMETHING. They prove there’s a serious disconnect between our experts and Corporate Media and the regular folks. It is starting to seem like everyone knows someone with a breakthrough case.

Just yesterday, for example, I was talking to a long-time friend who’d been vaccinated and just been laid up for a week with Covid. He finally went and got monoclonal antibody treatment, which works well even in vaxx people, and is feeling better. So that’s good. But he’s sort of wondering about why should he take the booster now?

🔥 Healthcare workers at Michigan’s Spectrum Health hospital network can avoid the company’s vaccine mandate if they submit an antibody test showing they’ve recovered from natural infection. “While we still recommend vaccination for people with prior COVID-19 infection, according to this new research, there is increasing evidence that natural infection affords protection from COVID-19 reinfection and severe symptoms for a period of time,” Spectrum said in a statement.

Research? You mean “the science.” I guess Spectrum Health is picking the Israeli study on natural immunity over the CDC’s two-month Kentucky study. Good thing we have a gold standard. And, just saying, but Biden’s national vaccine mandate speech didn’t mention anything about natural immunity. Does Covid work differently in Michigan than everywhere else? I am now taking bets about whether the OSHA rule exempts recovered people. I’m going with, “not.”

Back to work! Have a wonderful Wednesday and I’ll see you back here tomorrow. Links in the comments.


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